Cooking For Love: A Novel With Recipes

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In Cooking for Love, Beverly Hills cookbook author Miriam Levy dreams about food. Her best friend Kate McGrath dreams about “The One” who got away. When, after 25 years, Kate finds him on Google and he asks her to visit him half-way around the world, she begs Miriam to go with her. It leads to an adventure that teaches both women about love, life, friendship—and food. Inspired by a true story, this warm, funny novel—Chick Lit for “mature” women— includes 20 delicious recipes.

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Overview

In Cooking for Love, Beverly Hills cookbook author Miriam Levy dreams about food. Her best friend Kate McGrath dreams about “The One” who got away. When, after 25 years, Kate finds him on Google and he asks her to visit him half-way around the world, she begs Miriam to go with her. It leads to an adventure that teaches both women about love, life, friendship—and food. Inspired by a true story, this warm, funny novel—Chick Lit for “mature” women— includes 20 delicious recipes.

. If you loved Like Water for Chocolate or The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, COOKING FOR LOVE is must reading.

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Chick-lit grows older and wiser.

Food writer Boorstin, author of Let Us Eat Cake (reviewed in the February 1, 2002, issue of Kirkus Reviews) serves up a concoction, more dessert than entree, that exuberantly mixes the sweet things in life — love, friendship, family, and plenty of spice.

49-year-old narrator Miriam Levy is an L.A. wife, mother, and "with" cookbook author ("someone who enables the author to get the "By" credit."). Her friend Kate, also 49, is divorced, rich, and unsettled. Eric, Kate's first love, was the Swiss guide on the girls' college trip to Europe in the '70s. Kate, itching for adventure...Googles Eric, with resounding success: He's now the Swiss Ambassador to Malaysia, and he's never forgotten her. Steamy e-mails ensue, itchy condition worsens, and Kate's off to Kuala Lumpur, attempting to drag along the always cautious, very reluctant Miriam, as support and partner-in-midlif antics. Miriam remains stalwart in her refusal until her eldest daughter, a TV reporter, announces she's pregnant and expects Miriam to raise the baby; Miriam's aging mother, who lives in Buffalo, wants to move in; and failed screenwriter husband Alan continues to ignore her.

Miriam's soon on the plane. In Malaysia, attempted assault, a kidnapping, and other zany adventures the two women face hit the picresque high marks... Kate finally hooks up with Eric, as his suspicious, pesky, dumpy wife mills about. And Miriam is wooed by Vijay, a rich Indian doctor she met on the plane. A widower, Vijay proposes marriage to a very tempted Miriam. (Alan, remember, isn't the fun fellow he used to be.)

The twists, turns, and revelations of life and love pile wisdom on top of wisdom and leave Kate and Miriam waxing wistful. Though "inspired by a true incident . . .involvng Boorstin and one of her best friends," this is an adult fairy tale (albeit with very real recipes.)Happy endings may just be in the works.

A ruefully witty love story, more for dames than babes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595323920
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/11/2004
  • Edition number: 0
  • Pages: 277
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Boorstin is a contributing editor of Los Angeles Confidential and she writes for publications including MORE, Lifetime, Bon Appetit, Food Arts, Conde Nast Traveller UK, Porthole, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, Jewish Woman Magazine and Copley News Syndicate. Her memoir/cookbook Let Us Eat Cake: Adventures in Food and Friendship was a selection of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club and the Satellite Sisters ABC Radio Book Club. Her novel with recipes Cooking For Love will be published in the fall, 2004, and is a selection of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    Not exactly new and original

    If you've read her other book 'Let us eat cake' then this book will sound very familar. As I was reading the 1st twenty pages or so, nothing sounded new. This book is just an echo of her previous one. Sharon should stick to non-fiction as this book is just average.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    Are Women Ever Too Old?

    If the terms 'adventure' 'love' and 'great sex' have lost their meaning to you, 'Cooking for Love' is a perfect read. The two heroines are real, funny-- just like you and your best friend -- and their adventure is the stuff that will keep you turning the pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2004

    A Fun Romp with women my own age--for a change!

    I loved Cooking For Love and I can't even cook. What I most enjoyed are the two main characters--wonderful Kate and Miriam, both women to whom I can totally relate. Their repartee is dotted with references to the 60' 70' and 80's that evoke my own remembrances, experiences,hopes and dreams. The love story and the womens' friendship feels real. The author's wit made me laugh out loud. This is a great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2004

    Perfect for the cosmoepicurean travel junkie

    Sharon Boorstin's pen is like a feathered quill that tickles even as it skewers. This book is stylish, moving, and loads of fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2004

    Deliciously hilarious

    A brilliant and funny adventure. I couldn't stop laughing and I couldn't put it down as I eagerly read on to see where the book's engaging characters would take me next. What a great trip from the slums of Beverly Hills to the exotic beaches of Southeast Asia. I want more! The characters are so real, and so easy to relate to. This book takes chick lit on the road and it absolutely works!

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